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In Reply: As a medical
informatics researcher and educator, I value the skills of medical
librarians in teaching literature searching and at my own institution
have a very good relationship with the librarians in our research and
In keeping with an evidence-based perspective, however, I must
clarify some of Ms Killoran's points. She is correct that the source
of end-user training was not clearly stated in
our article. This is because most of the studies included in the
systematic review did not indicate who did the training. In the study
of searching performance cited in the review that came from my
institution,1 training in searching was not done by
librarians, but rather by a medical informatics specialist with strong
training in information retrieval and other pertinent areas.
Killoran's assertion that "end users who train other end users lack
the professional expertise necessary to assume the role of quality
end-user trainers" is not backed by any studies I am aware of, even
though it is probably true in most instances.
Hersh W. Electronic Information Retrieval by Physicians and Medical Librarians—Reply. JAMA. 1999;281(14):1272–1273. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-14-jac90002
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